Gymnothorax melanosomatus Loh, Shao & Chen, 2011

Family:  Muraenidae (Moray eels), subfamily: Muraeninae
Max. size:  49.6 cm TL (male/unsexed); 50.4 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: from southeastern Taiwan: off Changbin, Taitung to Shihtiping, Hualien City (Ref. 88934).
Diagnosis:  Body greatly elongate, depth at gill opening 33.2 (27.1-44.8) in total length, anus behind midbody; body and fins unpatterned, uniformly black-brown; preanal length 1.71 in TL, head length 10.30 in TL. Maxillary and dentary teeth uniserial, few in number, long and needle-like. Mean vertebral formula 6-108-207 (Ref. 88934).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 November 2020 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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